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Literary Texts and the Roman Historian

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Literary Texts and the Roman Historian by David S. Potter
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Literary Texts and the Roman Historian explores literary texts of the Roman Empire which offer a reconstruction of depiction of actual events and the ways in which these texts were created, disseminated and read. David Potter focuses on how the participants in the literary culture of the Roman Empire constructed their own history and how the people attached to the canons of classical historiography created narratives of their own times and times past. In contrast, he also discusses alternative forms of historical narrative, suggesting that those texts were produced to provide alternative paradigms to those offered in the traditional historical narratives. He also discusses the reception of classical visions of history in late twentieth century and contextualises the problems of the discipline in antiquity with current developments in the field. Literary Texts and the Roman Historian provides an accessible and concise introduction to the complexities of Roman historiography.

Author Biography

David S. Potter is Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Greek and Latin at the University of Michigan. he is the author of prophecy and History in the Crisis of the Roman Empire (1990) and Prophets and Emperors: Human and Divine Authority from Augustus to Theodosius (1993)
Release date NZ
February 11th, 1999
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Imprint
Routledge
Pages
232
Dimensions
138x216x18
ISBN-13
9780415088954
Product ID
8447992

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